Councils across England have generated a total surplus of £565 million from parking charges, according to figures from the RAC Foundation.
The figures have been released just days after a judge ruled that Barnet council in north London acted illegally by using parking charges to raise revenue.
The study shows money generated from parking activities was up by £54 million between 2011 and 2012.
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The actress and The Only Way Is Essex star Mark Wright will become husband and wife over the Bank Holiday weekend.
The annual event has earned a place in the record books ahead of the grand final of the 60th anniversary show in Austria this evening.
Local authorities said the move is necessary to "avert the growing number of deaths and increasing harm linked to psychoactive substances".